[quote=MyBoyPuck;1173069]My other beef with OTTB's and this round pen stuff is, they've already have their legs strained
far beyond what any other breed has at their age from racing. Wouldn't it make more sense to do training exercises that allow them to build up their leg strength gradually before all this frequent changes of direction stuff that CA does with horses in the round pen. I can't even watch it fearing the already fatigued horse will break a leg turning around.
The constant shift of direction, like EVERY horse is cutting a cow, bothers me. I was a horsey kid (without my own horse) who took dance lessons and we ALWAYS warmed up slowly with lots of lots of stretching, and prepared our bodies for the hardest stuff gradually. I cannot help but believe that the horse should be prepared in the same way.
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I can't even watch it fearing the already fatigued horse will break a leg turning around.
We've owned a few TB's and I Learned that they cannot: turn quickly, start quickly or stop quickly. One time we were trail-riding, DH on our TB, DD on our (racing bred) QH, and me on my Arab ("Corporal".) We had been walking over one mile on this straightaway and decided it might be fun to race back. My Arab got ahead to start (my QH just kept up--he Never had a heart for racing), and my TB gained ground and past us, and he kept speeding up by "changing gears." This gelding could NEVER stop quickly. I always had to ask at least 3 strides from a gallop to transition back to a trot, even though my Arab could fly from a stop and performed a respectible slide stop, when necessary.